Date: 4 Oct 2019
Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Tuesday, the Narendra Modi government will extend the National Register of Citizens to West Bengal but before that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill will be passed to accord Indian citizenship to all Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Buddhist refugees.
Addressing a seminar on the National Register of Citizens (NRC), Shah said West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) was misleading people about the citizenship roll.
"People of Bengal are being misled about the NRC... I assure all Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain refugees they won't have to leave the country, they will get Indian citizenship and enjoy all the rights of an Indian national," he said.
“Mamata didi had then thrown a sheaf of papers at the Speaker he said referring to Banerjee’s dramatic protest against illegal Bangladeshi migrants finding a place on Bengal’s voter list. “At that time these people used to vote for the communists. Now, they have become her vote bank,”
Shah said adding that “political interests can’t get priority over the country’s interests”
"No country in the world can run smoothly while carrying the burden of so many intruders. This has to stop. We are working towards changing Bengal. NRC is a must. We will have to implement NRC to ensure the country's safety and security," Shah said.
"During the partition, the entire Bengal was about to go to Pakistan. Then, it was our leader, Shyama Prasad Mookherji, who revolted and formed West Bengal, " the BJP president claimed.
Shah urged BJP workers to visit each and every refugee in the state and make them aware of the NRC. He further added that the workers must ensure the refugees that they will not be forced to leave the country in the name of NRC.